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United States of America 1915 – 1991

El Negro 1981-83 Description: a bound book of seventeen lithographs illuminating the Rafael Alberti poem 'El Negro Motherwell'
Place made: Bedford Village, Westchester county, New York state, United States of America
Creation Notes: Robert Motherwell and Kenneth Tyler collaborated on 'El Negro' from 1981 to 1983.
Materials & Technique: prints, artist's books, planographic seventeen lithographs prepared on Mylar and acetate sheets using Paintstiks, grease pencils and alcohol tusche, transferred to aluminium plates for printing Support: white, wove, handmade, TGL paper; natural, buckram cloth book cover
Manufacturer's Mark: watermark: verso l.l.c., TGL hexagon [each page]
Impression: unsigned bound book
Edition: edition: 51 plus 10AP; TP; PPI; PPII; RTP; A; C; 3HC
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd, Bedford Village, New York
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1983

Edition Notes: Robert Motherwell prepared the seventeen lithographic images in 'El Negro' on Mylar and acetate sheets using Paintstiks, grease pencils and alcohol tusche which he applied with brushes and a bamboo pen. The images were transferred to aluminium plates by Lee Funderburg. The plates were printed by Funderburg and Roger Campbell on a flat bed offset press. Papermaking by Steve Reeves and Tom Strianese. The 'El Negro' poem was written by Rafeal Alberti (with translation by Vincente Lleo Canal) and offset printed, Spanish in black and English in grey. The introductory preface was written by Jack Flam. Sequence of prints: front end leaf, title page, Negro, preface, Mourning, poem, Night arrived, Elegy black black, Black banners, Black of the echo, Eternal black, Black wall of Spain, Airless black, Black concentrated, Black in black, Forever black, Invisible stab, Black lament, Black with no way out, Gypsy curse, Black undone by tears, Through black emerge purified, Poor Spain, colophon page, and back end leaf. Seven lithographs from 'El Negro' were published in seperate editions. See 'Multimedia' tab for full 'El negro' poem.
Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Tertiary Insc: black lettering on book cover c., "EL NEGRO" black lettering along spine of book cover, "EL NEGRO . Alberti. Motherwell" and at base of spine "Tyler/Graphics/Ltd/ [TGL logo]"
Dimensions: book (closed) 43.0 h x 42.0 w x 5.8 d cm book (open) 43.0 h x 89.8 w x 5.2 d cm
Cat Raisonné: Terenzio, S. (1980), 268-291; TGL print documentation, 1983.
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1398